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Only the Toronto police officers will be witnesses in the SIU probe, she said.
Some have criticized as the SIU have almost always cleared the officers they investigated. Ontario Ombudsman Andre Martin launched an investigation and released a scathing 121 page report, for allowing the Police to conduct their own investigations into officers and for adopting an impotence stance when challenged by Police. Marin said "There's no doubt in my mind that an SIU investigation is one which is currently done through blue-coloured glasses. There is no doubt that there is a police bias in their approach to investigations". "The SIU has not only become complacent about ensuring that police officials follow the rules,it has bought into the fallacious argument that SIU investigations aren't like other criminal cases and it is acceptable to treat police witnesses differently from civilians," the report said.
In one case, an officer not responding to a call and with no emergency lights on was driving 74 km/h in a 50-km/h zone and struck a cyclist that ran a stop sign.
The civilian was propelled into the air, and the impact broke his skull and bones in his back, chest and neck. The cyclist was also scalped. Scott wrote that while the officer's speed did not justify a dangerous driving criminal charge, “the subject officer was exceeding the speed limit at the point of impact by 24 km/h and according to the accident reconstructionist could have avoided the accident but for his rate of speed ... I leave issues of charges under the Highway Traffic Act to your police service.”